writing is in my blood'- Shean
Dharmaratne, the former Dream Team frontline vocalist is a singer
that can be called "SOLID".
at the 'Little Hut', 'Blue Leopard' and many concerts that he sang
for are truly memorable. After being along with the popular Band
"Dream Team" more than four years, he has moved on to
an experimental stage of song-writing talent management and working
on his debut album for Sri Lanka.
say this is going to be something new, because it's not. Haven't
they done it all?" He smiles. But definitely this material
is going to rock the Island. "But I cannot call this my style"
he explains, "I love to do an alternate album but due to lack
of players and resources, I decided to do hip hop album for Sri
He will be
working along with T1 Production Team with Asitha Attanayake, Rajive
De Silva and Agra for his debut album. Shean also contributed his
singing to two songs on the first ever original Christmas Album.
This album titled "Soul Christmas", which will be aired
in the season. This was featured on T.V. Times last week.
also experimenting on a few new grooves and will be airing it in
the local radio stations to see what response we shall receive",
about his future ambitions, "Well...I'm having an offer in
Dubai with the band Aquarius on hold, I want to sacrifice a little
good fortune for the sake of originality and the passion to collaborate,
write and do original music. But any chance I get to do any show
along with some good musicians I'll jump at the opportunity. "But
I'm a bit worn-out of the fact that senior musicians try to trample
upcoming artistes and musicians...I can be on any stage and perform
with any band of any calibre. But I have proved myself in an international
stage and I don't have anything or anyone to prove myself to here".
And he praises Benji Ranabahu for believing in him and his abilities
as a frontline singer and Malcolm Perera and the "Dream Team".
be doing a few appearances with a few Bands but I'm relaxing after
two hectic years of night club performances. No not money-wise,
tempting musically like a rock show or something" he stretches
I'm here I want to do something solid...and something for the fans
and the audience here in Sri Lanka.", he said.
Film books from AFC
'Film Annual '98', a sixth film annual published by Asian
Film Centre was released yesterday.
all details of films screened in Sri Lanka during the year 1998.
The number of local films and artistes, synopsis, technical and
box office details, excerpts of reviews are featured in this book.
Discussing short films that were produced in 1998, foreign films
released in Sri Lanka, films screened by various diplomatic missions,
foreign film festivals held in Sri Lanka, local cinema functions,
film festivals held for local films, Sri Lankan films participated
in foreign film festivals, workshops and symposia, lectures, literature
on cinema, artistes technicians who died in 1998. Films certified
by the Public Performance Board and many more details pertaining
to the film scene in 1998 is included in this book.
It's a must
for all involved in film industry, amateurs, film journalists, students
of films and to many others interested in films.
'98 is Edited by Ranjanee Ratnavibushana and Thusitha Jayasundara.
This 136-page publication is priced at Rs 150/= per copy.
latest issue of the Cinesith Magazine is now available and should
be of interest to discerning movie buffs, serious students of film
as an art and industry and the general cinema going in 5ri Lanka.
is the only serious Sinhala language film journal in continuous
publication in Sri Lanka. Cinesith provides quality feature articles
as a range of subjects from local and foreign writers, film and
book reviews, interviews with local and foreign film makers and
technicians and news about the local films. High publishing standards
with ample photographs and illustrations will be a hallmark of this
written by the Gamini Wijetunga is critical article about the acting
in cinema. Cinema books reviewed by Praneeth Abeysundara and film
reviews -Purahanda Kaluwara, Anantha Rathriya, Wooden Dolls by Gamini
Wijethunga and Me Mage Sandai by Darshana Liyanage. It includes
comprehensive interviews with Prasanna Paranavithana about importance
of stillphotography by Ajith Galappaththi and with Tikiri Ratnayake
about his first feature Purasakmana by Thusitha Jayasundara. It
also contains an article on Film Script Writing based on a lecture
by Girish Kasarawalli and translated by M. D. Mahindapala.
Notes of world renown Indian cinematographer Subthra Mithra's and
translation of Cinest interview with famous film critic Polin Keel
also included in this issue.
This is the last issue of incisive film critic, cinema analyst and
sociologist Gamini Wijethunga (President of the Asian Film Centre)
contributed. Cinesith is editored by Ashley Rathnavibushana.
International Film Journal from Sri Lanka
Film Centre announced recently about the publication of CINESITH,
a new English language bi-annual international film journal in Sri
two is now available and should be of interest to discerning movie
buffs, serious students of film as an art and industry and the general
cinema-going public both in Sri Lanka and around the world.
Edited by Robert
Crusz, a writer and filmmaker and a former member of the editorial
boards of the British-based international film journals FRAMEWORK
and SCREEN. Cinesith is the sister publication of the long-established
Sinhalese language publication with the same name. Cinesith (Sinhala)
was initially launched by the Sri Lanka branch of the OCIC in 1985
and came under the purview of the Asian Film Centre in 1993 and
continues to be edited by its founder-editor Ashley Ratnavibushana.
Today this journal is the only serious Sinhala language film journal
in continuous publication in Sri Lanka. The English Cinesith has
Ashley Ratnavibushana as its Associate Editor with Ranjanee Ratnavibushana
response to numerous requests from abroad for a serious English
language film journal from Sri Lanka, which matches the quality
of the original Cinesith, the English CINESITH will provide quality
feature articles on a range of subjects from local and foreign writers,
film and book reviews, interviews with local and foreign film-makers,
actors and technicians, and news about the local film and television
scene. High publishing standards with ample photographs and illustrations
will be a hallmark of this journal.
The two issues
published to date feature articles and reviews by writers such as
Sunila Abeysekara,Wimal Dissanayake, Shoma Chatterji, Kavaloor Rajadurai,
Richard Boyle, Robert Crusz, Sunny Joseph, Neloufer de Mel and Tissa
matter of the critical articles range from the Indian Panorama,
the film-maker Buddhadeb Das Gupta, Turkish Cinema, War and the
Sinhala Cinema of the 1990's, to issues such as Darkness, Light